NDA 2020: Exam Dates [Out], Admit Card, Syllabus, Cutoff, Result, Interview

By | September 10, 2020

NDA I & II 2020 Answer Key (Institutional) has been released. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for NDA Exam dates. NDA(I) 2020 examination is a gateway for those candidates seeking entry in Defence Forces like Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a National Level Exams, which organised two times in a year. i.e. NDA(I) and NDA(II).

NDA 2020


Exam Name National Defence Academy
Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission
Official Website upsc.gov.in
Exam Type National Level
Eligibility Criteria Unmarried Male candidates can apply
Mode of Application Online
Exam Mode Offline
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

NDA Important Dates

NDA (I) and NDA (II) Exam Dates have released now, check below;

Notification published January 6, 2020 June 16, 2020
Application form started from January 8, 2020 June 16, 2020(Released)
Last date for filling the application form January 28, 2020 June 30, 2020
Issue of NDA Admit Card Last week of March 2020 To be announced
NDA Exam date September 6, 2020 To be announced
Result Announcement To be announced To be announced

NDA Eligibility Criteria

There are various parameters on the basis of which the candidates’ eligibility is checked so that they can appear for the exam and eligible for the further procedure.


Candidates must be:

  • A Citizen of India, or
  • A Subject of Bhutan, or,
  • A Subject of Nepal, or
  • a Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or
  • a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Age Limits, Sex and Marital Status

Only unmarried male candidates born not earlier than 2nd July 2001 and not later than 1st July 2004 are eligible.

Note: Candidates should note that only the date of birth as recorded in the Matriculation/Higher Secondary Examination Certificate available or an equivalent certificate on the date of submission of applications will be
accepted by the Commission and no subsequent request for its change will be considered or granted.

Educational Qualifications

  1. For Army Wing of National Defence Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent examination conducted by a State Education Board or a University.
  2. For Air Force and Naval Wings of National Defence Academy and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy:—12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board or a University.

Physical Standard

Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2018 as per guidelines given in Appendix-I.

NDA (II) Application Form

  • UPSC will release NDA (II) Application Form via Online mode from 16th June 2020.
  • There is no offline Application Available for NDA/NA exams.
  • NDA/NA Registration is done in two parts.
  •  In the First Part, Candidates may fill their details, Qualifications, and other required details.
  • After completion of the First part, candidates may get their Registration Number.
  • In Second part Candidates may select their Exam centre, upload their Scanned Photograph, Signature, and make a fee payment either in online or offline mode.
  • Accept the Declaration and take a Print out of Application form for further use.
  • There is no need to send the Print Application to the Authority.

NDA Application Fee

  • The Application fee will be Rs 100/- for General and OBC Category Students.
  • For SC/ST and wards of NCOs/ JCOs/ORs, there are no required to pay the application fee.
  • Fee Payment is made by either Online or Offline mode; In Online manner, candidates pay directly via master card/VISA/ Debit Card/Net Banking, In offline be done by SBI e-challan.

NDA Exam Pattern

The Mode of  exam will be offline. NDA 2020 has two reviews, one of Mathematics (300 marks) and General Knowledge (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

NDA 2020 Mathematics General ability test
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
  • There are Multiple Choice Questions(MCQ’s)

NDA Admit Card

The candidates who have successfully registered for the NDA 2020 will be able to download the admit card by visiting the official website of UPSC. In the online mode only, one can download the admit card.

  • Without an admit card no one can enter the examination center.
  • The authority will not send the admit card to the candidates via post or any offline mode whatsoever.

NDA Exam Centers

NDA has 41 centres including 30 states and Union Territories of the country. While filling the online NDA Application Form, all candidates must choose three preferences out of NDA examination centres.

NDA Result

  • The exam conducting authority will not send the results to student’s offline though any method likes post or mail. It will be released by the UPSC Exam Authority.
  • Only the students who have successfully applied and appeared for the examination can check their result from the official website. They can download and see their result/scorecard by visiting the official website i.e. upsc.gov.in and look for the ‘NDA exam 2020 result’ link.

Cutoff 2020

  • Out of 900 marks, UPSC will decide the exam cut off as a whole and also sectional cut off.
  • On the basis of the total marks of each section, the sectional cut off is calculated.

Selection Process

  • The NDA Selection process involves 2 stages – written test and SSB Interview.
  • SSB Interview consists of a two-stage selection process – Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test
  • Selected candidates need to report to the Selection Centres/Air Force Selection Boards/Naval Selection Boards
  • Such candidates need to undergo stage-one test at the respective selection centres
  • Candidates qualifying the stage one test will be selected for the second stage

Day-wise SSB Interview

Days Events
Day 1 Picture Perception test and Description Test
Day 2 Psychology Tests
Day 3 Group Testing Officers Task
Day 4 Interview
Day 5 Conference

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